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Attorney General steps in -- shutters Pleasanton city mgr/planning dept approved University

Original post made by Deja Vu on Aug 26, 2013

Seems that the Attorney General has had to step in and nix the over-the-counter permit approval that Nelson Fiahlo (city mgr) and Brian Dolan (city planning mgr) did when they approved Global TV University www.globaltvu.us to operate recently in the same building on Boulder Court raided by the Feds on 1/19/2011 and by the same owner arrested and awaiting trial for an indictment that includes 30+ crimes.

Last week, the State published this 21 page enforcement action at this location ---Web Link

After the Boulder Court building was targeted for a forfeiture/seizure action and the owner arrested, the city of Pleasanton without apparently notifying any State or Federal agency at all or engaging in any public process whatsoever (including the mandated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process), approved the new "University" to operate.

Though local governmental entities have no authority to approve and regulate private schools, seems that Pleasanton city management thinks it can.

How many more millions of dollars will it take for the State and Federal government to step in and fix messes that the city of Pleasanton creates by approving over-the-counter zoning actions to time and time again allow illegal businesses to operate?

Comments (8)

Posted by Map, a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Like I've said before, count all the massage parlors popping up all over town, who keeps approving these types of businesses, we all know what's going on in there, if anybody thinks they are a legit operation they need to wake up and take off those rose colored glasses, look at the customers coming out of those places, look at the " employees" being picked up and dropped off-- never thought I would see this happening in p-town!!


Posted by sknywench, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

sknywench is a registered user.

I thought in America people and businesses are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Sounds like the posts to date want an authoritarian police state.


Posted by Deja Vu, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Actually sknywench, some of the Trivalley University criminals involved in case have already pled guilty already, sknynench - - - perhaps you haven't kept up with the various indictments and charges and guilty pleas.

Nice to know that given the guilty pleas that they have the help of their local and helpful Pleasanton city government for Round 2 in order to again have a fake university to defraud the Fed and State governments again. Good to know that Pleasanton is so pro-Criminal enterprise.

You mean PUSD doesn't have a college for a Medical School/Pharmacy School? I am shock, shocked, shocked!! Can't wait to view the audiotape and videotape captured from the sting operation!Web Link

Sounds like sknywench has no problem with a fraudulent "University" being run out of PUSD which resulted in a multi-year sting undercover operation with 9 Special Agents and a boatload of witnesses, including many people whose identities were stolen.

Quite a long witness list: Web Link


Posted by Davey, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Does anyone know how much union involvement there is in this?


Posted by Deja Vu, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Sounds like considerable union involvement to me!

Maybe the city and PUSD management and union were never trained in an in-service that legitimate universities don't have Wells Fargo account numbers on their web pages with mail in instructions to mail checks to the PUSD superintendent's business address at 4665 Bernal Avenue when you click the "Register" button on their website: Web Link or various webpages discussing drug trafficking and "sugar."

Apparently according to this Web Link, the union handbook also needs a new page inserted with a notation that reads:

"Notice to all employees. Note that all legitimate college and university websites have an .edu extension, not a .org or .us or .biz or .info extension."

"Notice to all employees. Do not, I repeat, do not approve business licenses with people that have completely fake names."

Oops, but it isn't in probably anyone's official union job description to update the union handbook. Oh well.


Posted by Deja Vu, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Here is the sugar and drug trafficking website.

Of course, Sknywench from Amador, in case you want to 'donate' to the defense (seems like no money has been collected so far...you could be the first Sknywench!), the TVU has a website that has been widely quoted in the press here for the 'defend team' here Web Link that says - - -

"According to the law, a person thought she was selling sugar, but was accused of selling drug, shall not be convicted of criminal charges. As the President goes through this tough process of fighting for her freedom and the effort to save TVU, Please help with any of your effort--- a warm encouraging word, any legal assistant, and money donation to fund the defend team---they are all so precious and important!"


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Why would anybody want to sell sugarcane?

I don't get it?


Posted by Deja Vu, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 6, 2013 at 1:02 am

Cholo, I don't know. The city has violated their own Municipal Code, State law and CEQA in illegally approving a university (multiple times) to operate in this location.

Now that the Federal and State government has declared the 1555 'students' victims of fraud with the latest indictment, the victims will have a right to sue the City of Pleasanton for tens of millions of dollars in payments these people made to a bogus post secondary education that Dolan and Fiahlo themselves approved. They won't sue the State because the State never approved either Tri-Valley University or Global TV University to operate.

In the latest Global TV University fiasco, the city processed 3 planning documents (Zoning Clearance-- two for Global TVU, one voided and one for Tri-Valley University) between the last week of February 2012 and the first week of March 2012 and approved it BEFORE the State even approved and WITHOUT checking with the State that this was even an approved post-secondary college, trade school or university. The city approved it before the State even received the application for non accredited university in the mail from Global TV University. This is what the city did with Tri-Valley University.

These documents are:

P12-0367 Zoning certificate 3/02/2012 TRI-VALLEY UNIVERSITY

P12-0321 Zoning Certificate 2/29/2012 GLOBAL TV UNIVERSITY P12-0321 VOID

P12-0320 Zoning Certificate 2/29/2012 GLOBAL TV UNIVERSITY P12-0320

Dolan and Fiahlo continue to put the city at risk for having to pay tens of millions of dollars out in lawsuits for failing to check with the State that a post secondary education institution has been approved to operate in California.

For the 405 Boulder Court, Suites 700 and 800, location, a university is not a permitted use of that zoning district. It is an I-G zoning district. This zoning does not allow colleges and universities to operate. The relevant Pleasanton Municipal Code is Section 18.48.150 Permitted uses of the the I-G district. The I-G stands for Industrial General and only allows TRADE SCHOOLS with no more than 20 students in the school at any one time. There is no mention of private colleges or universities as being allowed in that section of the Municipal Code.


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